Weekly link roundup – June 25-July 1

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NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (C)
“Larry Crowne” (D+)
“Monte Carlo” (B-) [Film.com]

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MOVIE COLUMNS:

Eric’s Bad Movies: Has the week off, for freedom and America.

What’s the Big Deal?: “Mean Streets” (1973). This is where Martin Scorsese was invented. [Film.com]

Re-Views: “Gladiator” (2000). I gave it an A, but never watched it a second time, even though I’ve owned the DVD for a decade. [Film.com]

“Larry Crowne” vs. “Monte Carlo”: How to tell if you’re the target audience. [Film.com]

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MY OTHER STUFF:

Snide Remarks: “Choosing Your Candid Hate” — The types of people we won’t vote for.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: Jeff and I discuss “Transformers,” “Larry Crowne,” and “Monte Carlo”; Jeff talks about the New York Times documentary “Page One”; we talk about toys that should be made into movies; &c. [Cascadia.fm] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider’s In the Dark]

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MISCELLANEOUS MERRIMENT:

David Ehrlich has soft, fluffy hair. Also, he wrote this article about connections between Criterion classic movies and superhero films. [Movies.com]

I love it when legends turn out to be true! Play-Doh was invented as a wallpaper cleaner. [Snopes]

Here’s a Cirque du Soleil performer briefly enlivening a Padres baseball game with his blend of acrobatics, whimsy, and satanic power. [Yahoo]

Visual evidence of why the new Batman movie might be terrible. [I Love Charts]

One of my all-time favorites: Jeff Goldblum iMac ad, slowed down to half speed so he sounds totally drunk. There was a time when nearly every conversation between Scott Weinberg and myself included the words “Whaddayoo think thgreatest giff t’ the holidays izz?” [YouTube]

Then there was the time Buzz Aldrin got so fed up with an obnoxious moon-landing denier that he punched him right in his stupid face. You have to watch the whole thing to fully appreciate how much restraint he showed in not punching him sooner. [YouTube]

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